An In-Depth Look at Cerebral Palsy Birth Injuries
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects movement throughout different parts of the body, ranging in severity. Due to the damaged motor control centers of the brain, the voluntary and involuntary motor skills of someone with this condition will not function properly, which presents difficulties in walking, speaking, or completing tasks independently. It is incurable, though treatment has the potential to minimize some of its effects.
There are four main types of cerebral palsy:
Of these four types, spastic cerebral palsy is the most common, accounting for approximately 70% of all cases.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy develops as a result of damage inflicted on the fetal or infant brain, which prevents it from developing properly. Birth injuries caused by health care providers is a common cause. Some of these medical errors include:
- Failure to detect a prolapsed umbilical cord
- Mistakes in performing a delivery with the use of assistance tools, such as forceps
- Failure to monitor fetal heart rate
- Delay in performing a necessary cesarean section
Cerebral palsy cannot be diagnosed immediately after birth. Typically, a physician must wait until age two or three before there is enough information to determine whether or not a child has this condition. Although cerebral palsy afflicts individuals in varying degrees and in different ways, a physician will usually look for:
- Motor development delay
- Limp or stiff joints
- Poor head control
- Poor sucking or feeding
If it is suspected that a child is suffering from cerebral palsy, there are also tests physicians can administer, including:
- Intelligence tests
Baltimore Birth Injury Attorney
Murphy, Falcon & Murphy fights for families whose concerns and conditions are sometimes ignored by hospitals. Since 1948, our firm has been dedicated to fighting for the most vulnerable members of our society, including mothers and their newborn children. If you believe that your child was injured during the delivery process, we encourage you to contact us. Our trial lawyers have significant experience in resolving cases of medical malpractice and are not afraid of going to court to fight injustice.
Speak with a Baltimore birth injury attorney at our firm today: (410) 983-6266.